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Applying complexity theoryWhole systems approaches to criminal justice and social work$
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Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447311409

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447311409.001.0001

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Complexity, Law And Ethics: On Drug Addiction, Natural Recovery And The Diagnostics Of Psychological Jurisprudence

Complexity, Law And Ethics: On Drug Addiction, Natural Recovery And The Diagnostics Of Psychological Jurisprudence

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(p.247) Twelve Complexity, Law And Ethics: On Drug Addiction, Natural Recovery And The Diagnostics Of Psychological Jurisprudence
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Applying complexity theory
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Bruce Arrigo

Christopher Williams

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447311409.003.0013

In Chapter Twelve, the authors argue from a general complexity (constructivist) perspective that humans are complex adaptive systems whose capacities include self-organisation, especially when human/social conditions are in place that maximise the potential for spontaneous order (i.e. natural recovery from drug addiction). Importantly, these conditions include symbolic, linguistic, material and cultural forces whose flows and intensities are interdependent and co-productive. In this ethical project they use an approach based on psychological jurisprudence to analyse the ways in which current conditions set limits on this potential for self-organisation in humans and their overcoming of problems.

Keywords:   general complexity, self-organisation, symbolic, linguistic, material, cultural, psychological jurisprudence

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